Statement of the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning the arrest of two Canadians in China

The Government of the Netherlands believes that Ms. Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, is subject to a fair, unbiased and transparent judicial procedure in Canada, prompted by the country’s legal obligations under its extradition treaty with the United States.

The Netherlands believes that the rule of law is fundamental for any society that wishes to live in peace and security, and is therefore concerned about the declared motive for the arrest and detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadian nationals, in China. They, too, should be treated in a fair, unbiased and transparent manner, in compliance with the rule of law.